Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

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Faculty Resources

Teaching During COVID-19: CETL Resources

CETL creates and organizes resources faculty need to develop their learning environments, including teaching and learning conference support, grants related to teaching development, guides to teaching strategies and frameworks, a library of books and articles, and OU handbooks and documents. For faculty development opportunities online, see our Virtual Faculty Development.

CETL Teaching and Learning Resource LibraryOur teaching and learning resources organized, searchable, and easy to save and adapt.


Below are local teaching and learning conferences. For a more extensive list of teaching and learning conferences see this Teaching Conferences Directory.

Lilly Conference in Traverse City
Traverse City, MI  |  October 15-17, 2020
Proposals due June 7, 2020. The Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning, located in downtown Traverse City, MI. Every year, CETL organizes an OU faculty cohort of about 20 who participate in the conference and enjoy a few social events together. Learn more about the Lilly Conference.
Teaching Tips
About CETL's Weekly Teaching Tips Series

In workshops, conferences, and teaching and learning faculty development, we often take away a small teaching tip that helps us better facilitate group work, engage more students in discussions, and motivate students to be prepared for class. We would like to offer that “Aha!” moment more often with our Weekly Teaching Tips.

Every week we will send out a new teaching tip in a brief infographic you can read and implement that same week. From there you can access this page, which will offer the full content of each teaching tip.

Teaching Tips come from OU faculty and staff, plus some contributions from the Teaching Issues Writing Consortium (2013-2017) compiled by faculty developers beyond OU.

Sign up for Weekly Teaching Tips.

Submit a teaching tip. 

Only the text for this strategy is needed, which normally includes a brief description and purpose, step-by-step directions, outcomes, and references (see teaching tips below as a guide). 

CETL Teaching Tips: Complete List

Search over 170 teaching tips by topic.

Learning Tips Oakland Post Column

We've partnered with the Oakland Post, OU's student newspaper, to write a regular Learning Tips column. Look for it when you pick up a copy, browse these online, and share with students! (We'll also share them on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn as they're released.) We also welcome guest contributors--if you have a learning tip idea for a student audience, please contact Christina Moore (

More CETL Learning Tips with The Oakland Post.



CETL Excellence in Teaching and Learning Grant

Focus on Student Success and Inclusive Practices
Due Monday, March 2, 2020. View full Call for Teaching Grant Proposals
Cosponsored by Student Affairs and Diversity

This grant funds the development, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based teaching practices that will improve teaching and student learning. The funding supports the faculty’s time to research, develop and assess their project that goes above and beyond the expected course preparation time. Full-time faculty, and part-time faculty who have taught at least 24 credits at OU may apply. Teams of two may apply with a strong rationale (e.g. team-teaching). View the CETL Teaching Grant Resources for grant details, cover letter for individuals and cover letter for teams, teaching grant evaluation rubric, and list of past teaching grant recipients. Those who have received CETL Teaching Grant less than five years ago and graduate students are not eligible.

Educational Development Grant (from Senate Committee on Teaching and Learning)
On the Behalf of the Senate Committee on Teaching and Learning
Awards $100-$750 to part- and full-time faculty, for use of resources to enhance their teaching and learning (not a stipend). Proposals accepted and rewarded Fall 2015-Winter 2016 on a rolling basis until funding has run out. See Senate Committee on Teaching and Learning website for more information.

Quality Online Teaching Certification Course (from e-Learning and Instructional Support)
All part- and full-time faculty who are scheduled to teach online courses are invited to participate in a four-week online course to help develop best practices in online teaching. Faculty who complete the course receive a $1,000 stipend. To apply for the course, complete the Moodle training and sign up for a cohort here. Cohorts run four times a year in Fall, Winter, and Summer.


CETL Library Book Collection

Come visit our CETL Library. You can use the materials here or check them out. We have an extensive collection of books on teaching and learning in higher education. Our library is always growing. If you have a title that you would like us to order, please let us know (
SoTL Library Journals
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Journals can be accessed through Kresge Library. Keenesaw State University offers a Teaching Journals Directory.

Handbooks &
Additional Docs
See these and all teaching and resources in our CETL at OU Web Resources.

Faculty Handbook

This Google Doc version allows for instant updates with a download option. The guide for all of the basics of the Oakland University campus, from faculty and student resources and SAIL tutorials to the tenure process and emergency protocols. For new and veteran faculty, it is the one-stop place for all information.

Learning to Learn Handbook

Strategies for faculty and students to get the most our courses, projects, and study sessions. 

These teaching and learning resource collections include teaching tips, books, videos, podcasts, tools and other materials by topic. 

Creating an Effective Syllabus

Consult OU's Syllabus Resources, which includes a syllabus template, university policies, and other helpful information for creating syllabi for OU courses.

CETL Quick Notes

Quick Notes are your brief visual guide to best practices, university processes, and other good-to-know aspects of helping students succeed. Topics relate to syllabus, tenure, teaching evaluation, behavior issues and Universal Design for Learning, among others. See full Quick Notes list.